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ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
This unit is concerned with the nature, development and causes of human variation from an evolutionary perspective, developing many of the integrative themes of Level 2 Human Biology. It encompasses human development, population biology, ecology, cellular biology and genetics. Topics covered include the population biology of human disease, secular trends and the impact of modernisation, population variation and sex differences, social organisation and other life history traits as mediating factors between environment and individual. A series of laboratory/workshop sessions focuses on the study of genetic and phenotypic variations and the use of these techniques in the study of human population biology.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of, and define clearly, questions about human evolutionary biology and ecology, particularly in relation to the processes by which humans adapt to their natural environments; (2) demonstrate familiarity with the basic techniques and tools of biological anthropology; (3) refine skills in independent library research, analytical and synthetic thinking and clear, critical scientific writing; (4) develop skill and confidence in the public exposition of scientific work; and (5) critically assess current scientific publications.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a final theory examination; (2) laboratory question sets; and (3) a tutorial group presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Silvana Gaudieri and Dr Stuart Hodgetts
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
at least 12 points of Level 2 or 3 Biological Science units
Contact hours
lectures: 2 x 1 hour per week (for 12 weeks); labs/workshops: 1.5 hours per week (for 9 weeks); tutorials: 1 hour per week (for max. 6 weeks)
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